Creative Arts Education Postgraduate Certificate

Our Postgraduate Certificate in Creative Arts Education is for staff in Further Education (FE) and Higher Education (HE) institutions who have either completed the Graduate Certificate in Creative Arts Education, or who have more than three years' full-time or equivalent teaching experience.

The course is registered at our Epsom campus but sessions take place alternately at UCA Epsom and UCA Rochester.

To apply for this course you must be working in a teaching or supporting learning context for a minimum of one day a week across the year. We may be able to support you with one day per week voluntary (unpaid) teaching placement with an appropriate course at UCA - subject to the approval of the Postgraduate Certificate in Creative Arts Education course leader and relevant subject course leader or department manager.

The course is delivered between September and April on alternate Wednesdays (10am - 5pm) at our Epsom and Rochester campuses in rotation.

Our Postgraduate Certificate in Creative Arts Education has three ten-week units. The first unit is assessed through the submission of a range of tasks whereby theory is used to inform the development of good practice appropriate for the discipline or professional support context and level, the second through submission of a research project report and the third through submission of a portfolio.

Key study topics you'll explore include:

Issues of learning and teaching (pedagogy) in creative arts disciplines.

An opportunity to enquire into the pedagogy of creative arts disciplines through conducting a small scale research project.

The opportunity to reflect on professional teaching or supporting learning practice, through the development of a portfolio of evidence.

In addition, you will undertake four peer-supported review activities, whereby you'll discuss and reflect on a different aspect of teaching or supporting learning practice, and keep a reflective journal for your personal critique of teaching/supporting learning practice.

Postgraduate Certificate Award
September Start
Part-time Study Mode
7 months Duration

Entry Requirements For This Course

Graduate Certificate in Creative Arts Education or the Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector (PTLLS) (or equivalent eg City and Guilds 730, or Certificate in Education)


BA Hons (normally first-class, upper second or equivalent) or international equivalent in a relevant discipline and more than three years' (full-time equivalent) teaching experience


One day a week or equivalent (minimum) of work in a teaching/supporting learning role at UCA or other FE and skills and/or HE establishment

GCSE English at grade C or above, or equivalent.

In some instances, this requirement for teaching experience may be provided through one day per week of voluntary (unpaid) teaching support for UCA, subject to a satisfactory interview with the relevant UCA manager or Course Leader.

Applicants working at UCA (including sessional staff) must, in the first instance, seek approval of their line manager to do the course. Line manager and Head of School/Department sign off will subsequently be needed.

Mathematics Level 2 for entry to the course isn't needed, but applicants should be aware that they may need this qualification to gain employment in FE and skills sector.

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